City: Andy Romano Beachfront Park should stay traffic-free

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Comments made by County Council Chair-elect Jeff Brower at a recent luncheon hosted by the Sons of the Beach have made the City Commission worried about the future of Andy Romano Beachfront Park’s traffic-free zone. 

City Commissioner Dwight Selby brought the issue to the rest of the commission at its Dec. 15 meeting, referencing Brower’s remarks in a Daytona News-Journal article regarding the restoration of beach driving in areas where it is currently prohibited. Today, Andy Romano’s traffic-free area spans from about Milsap Avenue to just north of Harvard Drive. 

“I think it’s great that if you go to the park, you can walk right out on the beach and you can get right to the water and you don’t have to worry about cars,” Selby said.

The commission agreed. Partington said the traffic-free zone has been “wildly successful and a huge benefit to that park,” as it has aided in the rebirth of Restaurant Row and given parents an area to take their children to the beach without stressing about cars.

Commissioner Troy Kent, whose zone includes the park, said it would be a “recipe for disaster” to allow cars in that section. He told the story of a little boy who he saw get injured by a car on the beach 16 years ago, an event that changed his view of beach driving. 

“I support beach driving, but I did not want to witness what I witnessed before,” he said. 

Brower was vocal about his advocacy for beach driving throughout his campaign for County Council chair. In a video from Aug. 29 on his campaign’s Facebook page, Brower said he was looking forward to restoring beach driving in the Main Street area of Daytona Beach.

Partington directed staff to write a letter to the county manager and county council requesting the city park’s traffic-free zone be upheld.

Sierra Club appoints Bridger

The Sierra Club’s Volusia-Flagler Group recently announced that former mayor candidate Rob Bridger has been unanimously voted in to serve as its political committee chair. The club states in a press release that Bridger, as a “stalwart protector of the environment,” will serve the group well. 

OBMS COVID-19 quarantines?

As claims circulated last week on social media that 70 students from Ormond Beach Middle School were quarantined, some parents worried about the effectiveness of Volusia County School’s protocols. 

Students can return after 10 days of quarantining, and are not required to test negative for the virus, according to the district. VCS does not keep track of how many students are currently in quarantine and cites close relations with the health department to perform contact tracing.

Garbage schedules for the holidays

As Waste Pro will be closed for Christmas, all of Friday’s garbage and recycling routes will be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 26. 

There will also be no trash pickup on Friday, Jan. 1, and those routes will be piccked up on Saturday, Jan. 2. 

Call the city at 676-3220 for questions or concerns.


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